Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I eBook

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100.  ENSAMPLE MAKE OF HIM, witness him (the Redcross knight).

113.  WHILES EVERY SENCE, etc., while the sweet moisture bathed all my senses.

146.  NEXT TO THAT LADIES LOVE, i.e. next to his love (loyalty) for Gloriana.  Does the poet mean that allegiance to queen and country comes before private affection?

149.  WAS FIRMEST FIXT, etc., were strongest in my extremity (in the giant’s dungeon).

169.  A BOOKE, the New Testament, an appropriate gift from the champions of the Reformed Church.

182.  AN ARMED KNIGHT, Sir Trevisan, who symbolizes Fear.

189.  PEGASUS, the winged horse of the Muses.  For note on the false possessive with his, see note on V, 44.

233.  HAD NOT GREATER GRACE, etc., had not greater grace (than was granted my comrade) saved me from it, I should have been partaker (with him of his doom) in that place.

249.  AFTER FAIRE AREEDES, afterwards graciously tells.

267.  WITH DYING FEARE, with fear of dying.

269.  WHOSE LIKE INFIRMITIE, etc., i.e. if you are a victim of love, you may also fall into the hands of despair.

270.  BUT GOD YOU NEVER LET, but may God never let you, etc.

272.  TO SPOYLE THE CASTLE OF HIS HEALTH, to take his own life.  Cf.  Eliot’s Castell of Helthe, published in 1534.

273.  I WOTE, etc.  I, whom recent trial hath taught, and who would not (endure the) like for all the wealth of this world, know (how a man may be so gained over to destroy himself).

275.  This simile is a very old one.  See Homer’s Iliad, i, 249; Odyssey, xviii, 283; Song of Solomon, iv, 11; and Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered, ii, 51.

286.  FOR GOLD NOR GLEE.  Cf. for love or money.

294-296.  Imitated from Vergil’s Aeneid, vi, 462.

315.  AS, as if.

320.  A DREARIE CORSE, Sir Terwin, mentioned in xxvii.

332.  JUDGE AGAINST THEE RIGHT, give just judgment against thee.

333.  TO PRICE, to pay the price of.

336.  WHAT JUSTICE, etc., what justice ever gave any other judgment but (this, that) he, who deserves, etc.

340.  IS THEN UNJUST, etc., is it then unjust to give each man his due?

xxxix.  Observe the subtle argument on suicide in this and st. xl.

xli.  Spenser here puts into the mouth of the Knight Socrates’ argument to Cebes in their dialogue on the immortality of the soul.  Plato’s Phaedo, vi.

367.  QUOTH HE, Despair.

403.  THY DATE, the allotted measure or duration of thy life.

408.  THY SINFULL HIRE, thy service of sin.

431.  AS HE WERE CHARMED, etc., as if he were under the spell of magic incantation.

438.  IN A TABLE, in a picture.  The horrors of the Last Judgment and the torments of the lost were favorite subjects of the mediaeval Catholic painters.

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